A lot of things change when you experience tooth loss. For example, there are the obvious changes to your smile’s appearance and, to a less obvious degree, your bite’s function. There are also consequences that take longer to become noticeable, like the erosion of your jawbone due to the loss of your teeth roots. Thanks to these many consequences, it can seem like losing a tooth is the worst thing that can happen, and that once you replace it, your oral health will be back in good shape. However, that isn’t always the case, and what comes after tooth loss can be different for everyone, depending on a wide range of factors.

The cause of it will get worse

Tooth loss can occur for several different reasons, and in many cases, what causes it largely determines what comes next. For example, if you’ve lost a tooth because of severe gum disease (which is the most common reason for adult tooth loss), then you can’t just simply replace the lost tooth. You’ll need to have your gum disease treated, or it will continue to damage more of your smile’s foundation and potentially lead to more extensive tooth loss. If you lost a tooth because of accidental trauma, then your smile restoration might include more than just replacing the tooth, but also repairing any facial trauma with conservative oral surgery.

Your tooth loss will get worse

Depending on the cause of your tooth loss, failing to address the underlying issue can almost ensure that the tooth isn’t the last one you lose. In the case of gum disease, the condition will continue destroying the gums and jawbone structure that support your teeth, until the disease is treated. Even if you don’t have gum disease, the loss of the tooth itself (particularly, its root) will negatively impact the health and integrity of your jawbone. This can lead to losing more teeth as the erosion progresses and makes your jaw too weak to support them.

How to stop it from getting worse

Whether it’s the cause of your tooth loss or the impacts of the loss itself, the only way to stop your concern from getting worse is to proactively address it as soon as possible. Seek treatment from your dentist or periodontist if you have severe gum disease, and get the condition under control to stop it from causing more damage. Also, replace your lost tooth as soon as possible after your oral health is up to par, preferably with a dental implant post that can replace your lost tooth root.

Save your smile after tooth loss

It might seem like the worst thing that can happen in cases of severe oral health concerns, but losing a tooth isn’t the end of your smile’s problems. To learn more about how dental implants help you address what comes after tooth loss, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.